Album: David Jordon

Set the Mood (ZTT)
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Nobody likes being spoonfed superstars. So when the heavily TV-advertised David Jordan is pre-sold to us with the 's' word the natural reaction is to recoil. However, the 21-year-old's debut contains enough variety, from soul-rock reminiscent of Terence Trent D'Arby to ersatz Eastern European gypsy folk a la Hollywood Beyond to suggest he might earn that epithet one day. Set the Mood stays within the former genre. There's the odd harpsichord and lyric about stalking, but invariably he plays it safe. At the very least, David Jordan deserves a break, and not just a commercial one.

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